Yesterday’s Zwift update release notes included the following line:
Watopia’s own KQOM radio station is hosting a familiar voice for your listening pleasure.
Of course, we had to head up the Epic KOM to find out for ourselves. (If you haven’t heard it yet, turn up your volume and listen closely:)
Yes, that’s the voice of Simon Schofield, beloved Zwiftcast creator and host. Simon announced he was drawing the curtains on Zwiftcast in episode #105 just a few weeks ago.
We asked Simon for his thoughts on this little Easter egg. Here’s what he told us:
This is unbelievably cool – on so many levels!
One: I’m just massively flattered and humbled that the Zwiftcast will live on, hopefully for a long long time, in the game.
Two: It’s really subtle – and I like that. Kinda, if you know, you know. I approve.
Three: It’s a knowing nod, at the top of a big climb, to my near legendary status as the longest-riding Zwifter without the Tron bike. See Zwiftcasts passim.
Four: I believe it’s the brainchild of my great friend and erstwhile colleague, Wes Salmon, who very sadly, and also mystifyingly, was let go by Zwift as part of the recent redundancies. I hope Wes will get at least as much pleasure from this as I will.
And Five: Hell, I really am gonna have to start amassing vertical meters now I guess. Excuses to register for the Tron are vanishing faster than Eric Schlange in a B race finishing sprint.
I know it’s been a very difficult week for many of my friends at Zwift and I’m sure mere trifles, touching though this one is, are the last things on their minds. But nevertheless they should know they made an ex-podcaster very happy. Thanks everyone at Zwift.